The Towson University Institutional Review Board (IRB) follows a monthly deadline system for application submissions and reviews. Read further on for how the process works.
To minimize risk to human subjects, principal investigators are encouraged to conduct research remotely whenever possible. When conducting in-person research, principal investigators are expected to adhere to University, State, and Federal guidelines including relevant CDC guidance that are in place at the time the research is occurring.
Investigators should ensure that consent documents inform participants of risks that may be associated with engaging in human subjects research. The language below would be a suitable statement:
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, there is a risk of infection. Protocols are in place that minimize risk, including pre-screening and cleaning. Although being fully vaccinated may reduce this risk, we cannot guarantee that all participants or staff have been vaccinated. As such, we recommend that you continue to take appropriate precautions such as wearing a mask throughout the duration of the study.
To ensure that data collection remains anonymous for anonymous studies, be sure to set up the survey so that it does not collect IP addresses. In addition, please add the following required language into the confidentiality section of the consent form (and fill in the appropriate information where indicated):
If you have an IRB approved study that you want to move online for data collection, please see additional guidance from the IRB.
A Principal Investigator (PI) Manual (PDF/DOCX) has been developed to help researchers navigate the IRB process and complete their application. The IRB strongly suggests that all researchers refer to this manual when preparing their proposals. Click on a topic within the Table of Contents to go directly to the section you wish to read.
The IRB has created a template consent form (PDF/DOCX) with required/optional sections, as well as recommended language that all TU investigators should adhere to. The IRB will heavily reference this template in their reviews. Please follow carefully to avoid minimum revisions after submission.
Not sure how to submit in the new system? View our Kuali Protocols User Guide PowerPoint.
In addition, you can visit the Kuali Protocols Support Page for step-by-step instructions on each phase of the submission and review process, including amending, renewing, and closing out protocols.
Student investigators cannot be added to faculty protocols until they have logged into the system at least once.
Standard review submissions will follow the deadline and review process as outlined below. All materials must be received no later than 11:59 PM on the next deadline date.
*Accelerated and amended applications continue to be accepted on a rolling basis.
Please allow time for administrative processing. You should expect a response within 2 weeks (10 business days) for accelerated review or 15 business days for standard review within receipt of your confirmation email that it has been submitted to a reviewer.
The IRB reviews all proposals for human subjects' research before the research is conducted to ensure that the research plan adequately protects human subjects.
Each month has a deadline for when applications requesting standard or full board review must be submitted by in order to be reviewed and approved within a 2-3 week time-frame of the deadline date. This is to guarantee that you will hear back on the status of your application by a certain date (usually by the 2nd or 3rd Friday of the following month).
Completed applications are typically due by 11:59 PM on the 3rd Friday of the month. Applications received after this date WILL NOT be sent for review until the next deadline.
NOTE: IRB meeting dates may be canceled if no requests for Full Board review are received.
|Application Deadlines||IRB Meeting Dates|
|August 20||August 20|
|September 17||September 17|
|October 15||October 15|
|November 19||November 19|
|December 17||December 17|
TU adheres to a strict deadline in order to promote fairness in review length timelines. Should you submit your application in advance of the next deadline, please note that your application will be processed, but will not be submitted for review to an IRB reviewer until that deadline date.